May Fourth Square (Wusi Guangchang) is a large public square in Qingdao's central business district. It is located between the new municipal government building and Fushan Bay and is composed of Shizhengting Square, the central square and the coastal park. Named after the nationwide protest May Fourth Movement that started in Qingdao, the square is best recognized by the large "May Wind" (Wuyue Feng) sculpture near the seaside. The square is a popular tourist destination, and is bordered by the city government to the north, the sea to the south, and residential and commercial buildings on either side. On pleasant days May Fourth Square fills with young couples on the ground and kites in the air.
Features of May Fourth Square
Located between the new municipal government building and FuShan bay, it is composed of the ShiZhengTing Square, the central square and the coastal park. These three parts have their own features and the whole square is a combination of local Qingdao features and modern design.
Qingdao's famed May 4th Square is one of the city's major historical sites as well as a popular leisure site. Located in Qingdao's Central Business District, the square comprises the Central Square, Shizhengting Square and the Coastal Park.
May 4th Square Qingdao commemorates the influential May 4th movement which is said to have originated in Qingdao. You can easily recognise the square by the huge 'May Wind' sculpture near the seaside, with its spiral form and bright red colour representing national strength and patriotism.
The celebrated May 4th movement was a cultural, anti-imperialist political movement which developed from student demonstrations in response to the Chinese government's weak reaction to the Treaty of Versailles, in which the Shandong Problem arose; namely that instead of rewarding China for its support of the allies, the parts of the Shandong occupied by Germany were allotted to Japan, sparking forceful demonstrations.
Today, May 4th Square is very popular as a leisure venue amongst both locals and visitors. On pleasant days, many young couples can be seen at the square, along with children flying kites. In the southern section of the square in the Fushan Bay area, you will find China's highest fountain.
The urban area surrounding the square has developed into Qingdao's economic, political, cultural and financial centre. You will see commercial trade centres, insurance and finance centres, as well as recreational sites. Qingdao hotels such as the Copthorne Hotel Qingdao offer easy access to these attractions.
With a height of 30 meters and a diameter of 27 meters, the majestic sculpture is a steel structure shaped like a swirling wind. The upward swirling appearance and the flaming color fully embodies the patriotism of anti-imperialism and anti-feudalism and the greatness national power in the May 4th Movement. Marine Hundred-meter FountainThe marine hundred-meter fountain lies to the south of the square and about 160 meters away from the seashore bank. It is the first marine hundred-meter fountain in China. Adopted with advanced high pressure pump, the water columns can reach 100 meters high. It is extremely charming in the night as the whole square is shrouded in the mist.
Marine Hundred-meter Fountain
The marine hundred-meter fountain lies to the south of the square and about 160 meters away from the seashore bank. It is the first marine hundred-meter fountain in China. Adopted with advanced high pressure pump, the water columns can reach 100 meters high. It is extremely charming in the night as the whole square is shrouded in the mist.
How to get May 4th Square
Take a bus #104, #231, #311, #316, #321, #374, #501, #801.
Bus stop: Wu Si Guang Chang